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Venomous views refuse to see Tea Party for what it is

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Imagine going to a movie with two friends – and having one of them think they’re seeing a horror film, the other a comedy, while you thought you’d just seen a documentary.

This is the everyday experience of the Tea Party.

The “mainstream” media and those who believe their hogwash seem to think the Tea Party is – well, here’s a description from Jeff Daniels’ character in the HBO left-wing drama The Newsroom:

“Ideological purity, compromise as weakness, a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism, denying science, unmoved by facts, undeterred by new information, a hostile fear of progress, a demonization of education, a need to control women’s bodies, severe xenophobia, tribal mentality, intolerance of dissent and a pathological hatred of the U.S. government. ...

“They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives and they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn’t. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.”

If you didn’t know any better, you might believe this piffling propaganda. In which case, you see a horror flick.

If you’ve been around actual Tea Partiers, or you are one, you’d know that such depictions of the movement are as laughable as any Steve Martin comedy.

The “mainstream” media have imagined this stuff, pure and simple.

Check it out for yourself.

The modern Tea Party was born of a grassroots frustration with government spending that became acute in the final days of the Bush administration and first months of the Obama administration. The movement’s name was inspired by an on-air rant by financial network CNBC’s Rick Santelli, who – out of frustration with the Obama administration’s plans to bail out some homeowners – whimsically suggested staging a Tea Party protest reminiscent of the Revolutionary era’s.

Millions of good, patriotic, concerned citizens found their rallying cry and coalesced into the loose-knit Tea Party movement.

They come from all walks of life, but they believe in one thing collectively: The federal government’s size and spending are out of control, and must be reined in, if this country is to be saved from itself.

Period. That’s the beginning, the end and the everything-in-between of the Tea Party movement.

Again, this is a bottom-up movement, so the various incarnations of it around the country are fairly self-directing. But a good summary of the movement can be found at www.teaparty-platform.com.

You will notice in the platform, or at any Tea Party event you attend, that there’s nothing about “denying science” or “demonization of education” or “a need to control women’s bodies.”

Moreover, we’ll put the Tea Party’s record of civility and lawfulness up against the left-wing Occupy movement’s any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

That little girl Virginia, who famously wrote to a New York newspaper in 1897 to ask if there is a Santa Claus, noted in her letter: “Papa says, ‘If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.’”

To all the little Virginias of today: We’re so sorry to share this little dose of adult reality – but these days, if you see anything in the media about the Tea Party, you need to double check it.

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avidreader
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avidreader 09/04/12 - 06:05 am
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Well Said!

I'm a Tea Party guy, and the only rallying cry I've witnessed is clearly stated in this editorial. To the federal government: Tighten the checkbook; quit building the federal payroll; quit usurping the lawful rights of individual states. Period!

To Mr. Obama -- bye bye! Hopefully!

To Mr. Romney -- you're a bit too slick for my tastes, but please, when you become President, get rid of the federal Department of Education and all of the other needless departments of this-and-that, and let the states make decisions that are in their best interests.

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seenitB4 09/04/12 - 06:12 am
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I will go along with that avidreader

, and let the states make decisions that are in their best interests.

AMEN

jack234
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jack234 09/04/12 - 06:35 am
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I don't know if we can really

I don't know if we can really trust the southern states to make decisions in the best interest of all its citizens. I still remember what the south was like for a lot of its citizens from the founding of this country up until the late 60's. And only recently, attempts to turn back the clock on gains made in the area of voting rights. A lot of people are very skeptical of southern intentions when no one is watching. God bless American and our president and the Democratic Convention that will be a blow out. Speaking as an independent who has made up his mind and will be meeting with other members of the independent coalition this week. May the Obama train move on down the track with a toot, toot as I will be knocking on your door very soon.

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 07:29 am
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This is the problem: there

This is the problem: there are very loud and vocal people who claim to be leaders of the party- for example- Michele Bachmann who get all the spotlight. When people call the Tea Party 'The American Taliban', it's people like Bachmann they are talking about. Science deniers, focusing and pushing their religion, while being one of the most prominent liars in the political arena. Not to mention that disgusting witch hunt of going after secret Muslims in Obama administration with no facts or evidence. Very McCarthy like. That's the The American Taliban people think of- because they are the most vocal and receive the most spot light from the media. Crazy sells- which explains all the reality tv shows today. She's part of the problem, not part of the Tea Party. She has taken over a quarter million dollars of tax payer monies alone for farm subsidies because of a family farm. That's her alone.

Another problem the Tea Party has- it needs to focus a lot on the spending that occurred during the Bush admin. What's going on under the Obama administration is horrible, and needs to stop. However- every time the Tea Party, or anyone really, talks about the spending going on during the Obama admin, while neglecting to speak of the spending during the Bush admin- it discredits them.

During the RNC- no one mentioned the spending during the Bush admin. During the Clinton admin- the debt clock was actually turned off, because it was being paid down. And then Bush came into office. And we went to war, without raising taxes to pay for it, which is unheard of. Medicare Part D was also expensive, and not paid for. TARP happened under Bush.

When we fail to talk about this- it makes the Tea Party seem like it's not serious about the fiscal crisis. It makes the impression that it doesn't know what caused and added to debt. Attacking Obama is fair, of course, but the previous admin has to be talked about as well, for the spending problems it has put us in.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/04/12 - 07:56 am
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Why tparty?

Is Bush running for re-election. Try to stay current.

jack234
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jack234 09/04/12 - 08:01 am
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No, Bush is not running for

No, Bush is not running for re-election but what he did lingers like a dark cloud. Speaking as an independent. TOOT! TOOT!

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 08:11 am
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Because we are still paying

Because we are still paying for the mess... and it needs to be a reminder of how things were conducted, and the position it has put us in.

The biggest thing liberals say about the Tea Party is "Why was the spending under Bush okay, but when a black man becomes President, all of a sudden there are deficit hawks and rallies to the spending."

It's a big selling point of trying to make the Tea Party racists. It's a big selling point of attempting to paint the Tea Party as a group that doesn't care about spending.

Easily countered by talking about the spending failures of the previous admin while talking about the spending failures of the current admin.

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ultrarnr 09/04/12 - 08:12 am
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Tea Party Civility

Unpublished

Again the ACES distorts the truth to further their agenda. What about March 20th 2010 when the "civil" and "lawful" tea party members hurled racial slurs at African American members of Congress during the health care debate? Nice bunch of folks I would want my daughters hanging around.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/04/12 - 08:13 am
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Question

Hey jack, what's you favorite excuse. President Obama is doing a terrible job because of Bush or because everybody in the world is racist?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/04/12 - 08:15 am
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Well played

T-party managed to fit both excuses into one sentence.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 09/04/12 - 08:23 am
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ooops!

“A black kid asks his mom, ‘Mama, what’s a democracy?’
“‘Well, son, that be when white folks work every day so us po’ folks can get all our benefits.’

“‘But mama, don’t the white folk get mad about that?’

“‘They sho do, son. They sho do. And that’s called racism.’”

Inge Marler, Arkansas Tea Party leader in speech to Tea Party members this summer.
Got a big laugh....

Techfan
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Techfan 09/04/12 - 08:27 am
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Stange link AC. At the bottom

Stange link AC. At the bottom of the pages are listed copyrights by a different group on each page. Look up the groups and it all loops back to the original ink, which is registered to a single individual, an author in Hawaii (he seems to like "christian" surfing groups a lot". None seem to be registered as a political group. Hmmm.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/04/12 - 08:30 am
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The Tea Party in their own words:

These are some of the comments on Tea party sites:
Tea Party Nation: "Obama is a low-life. I am near 70 years old, and we once had a word to describe such folk ___ black, red, brown, or white ___ but that word is now deemed politically incorrect. May the good Lord get us back to plain English. Forget the X-word, the H-word, the G-word, the M-word, and the L+2 squared word. Obama is what he is, and no bastardi-zation of the English Language is going to change that fact, not for one minute in eternity.
I served. He did not, because he was not eligible to serve ___ and because it was not inhis heart to serve."

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itsanotherday1 09/04/12 - 08:32 am
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Judging from some of the wild

claims about Romney of a few right here on this board, this is what they see:

"If you didn’t know any better, you might believe this piffling propaganda. In which case, you see a horror flick."

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southernguy08 09/04/12 - 08:34 am
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CRITICISM OF OBAMA

Unpublished

I heard an African-American tell Neal Boortz that any criticism of Obama was racist and to not vote for Obama was racist. I have heard this a number of times as well. Considering that this group complains about racism more an any other, why is it that all they see is his race, and Romney's?

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rmwhitley 09/04/12 - 08:33 am
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"What we

Unpublished

have heauh-- is failyuh to communicate". The Tea Party, of which I proudly define myself, is as stated nothing more than a people tired of an overreaching and overbearing guvmint. Seems to me a group of people got tired of an overbearing and overreaching government once before. July 4,1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed to end the tyranny of England. 1861, the north became the surrogate for England, and war was the answer again. Yankees and lefties will tell you it was an issue of slavery (as will the naacp) but in reality it was a war of climate. The south produced all of the cotton and the yankees needed the revenue (sound familiar?) and THEY increased the taxes. (As for the slavery issue, check and see if the yankees didn't use Negroes as indentured servants.) obama and the left are back to the same tactics but with an advantage this time:With the passage of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Affirmative Action, the south is PERMANENTLY designated as rogues. We cannot require photo id's from blacks, illegal aliens due to a "past history of discrimination". All that has to be done to perpetuate this sham is to have the naacp or aclu "claim" discrimination (true or not), and the South's rights are shut down. The Tea Party, made up of concerned citizens north south east and west only desire a fair shake from the left. Won't happen now unless good honest people get out and vote.

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 08:55 am
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See what I'm saying. Look at

See what I'm saying. Look at the people who dislike the Tea Party, and what they are going towards. Trying to paint the party as racists, instead of a fiscally sound group that cares about debt and deficits we are running- and the problems we are setting up our children for.

It's easy to do as well, when you don't discredit what the crazies are saying (Every group has them, right liberals!) and pretend the Bush spending never happened.

Techfan
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Techfan 09/04/12 - 09:14 am
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"WILL AMERICANS RECEIVE A

"WILL AMERICANS RECEIVE A MICROCHIP IMPLANT IN 2013 PER OBAMACARE? ... I know these evil people are capable of anything. I know that I know the people who have talked with people in “the know” that I trust (Perry Stone and Alex Jones) have said this. "Why not bury them,that way they would not come back"
"As a man, I agree with you. It was great to see Trump stand up and talk like the kind of American men I remember."
"Another document being held by the United Nations (AGENDA 21) that is moving our country toward government control of our children's education, deciding who should have property and who should not. Rulings that give away Christian values and replace them with Muslim law. A move to world government rather than a Sovereign Nation. These are not rumors. They live as fact."
"am in favor of secession myself if GA will do it I will vote for it. I told my son the other day that if TX secedes before we do I am moving there. I certainly hope GA leads the way."
"I can't believe the lack of attention to some of the extreme executive orders Obama has signed. EVERY person I make aware of these, is truly appalled. We all want to know what he has planned for us. I believe there is something nefarious afoot. Once he has crashed the system (by design, of course) He will claim ultimate power for the "good of the country". If everyone knew about these exec. orders he would never be re-elected."

Rhetor
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Rhetor 09/04/12 - 09:18 am
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Not the Taliban, but...

The Tea Party groups are not the American Taliban. I've heard too much of that over-the-top rhetoric from both sides. The Tea Party dishes out more than their fair share of personal attacks, but too wrongs don't make a right.

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dichotomy 09/04/12 - 09:34 am
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I think TEA Party supporters

I think TEA Party supporters understand very well that the deficit spending by the Bush administration was unwise. That's why they called themselves the TEA Party instead of Republicans. They also understand that the crazy mortgage lending policies of Fannie Mae and insane energy policies were a big contributor to the crash.

The TEA Party is also aware that a third party has almost zero chance of accomplishing anything and that their effort to influence issues of spending, taxes, and size of government could only be accomplished by exerting pressure within one of the two existing parties. Having correctly analized that situation it was obvious that trying to get the Democrats to reduce spending and reduce the size of government was peeing into the wind. Consequently, in 2010 they quite successfully exerted their influence in many Republican primaries and in the general election. And they did so without any violent incidents and without camo'ing up and standing in front of polling places with billy clubs.

I think the TEA Party is quite aware of the fallacy of some of the Bush policies on war spending and taxation. I think they are also aware of the fallacy of Obama's policies on the cost of Obamacare, deficit spending, wasted stimulus, corrupt "green energy" loans, and incredibly stupid energy decisions. They know the Canadian pipeline was a no brainer win-win but Obama just had to pander to the eco-terrorists. Don't underestimate the TEA Party people who stopped the Democrats dead in their tracks in 2010. They are smarter than you think and most can actually balance a checkbook.

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Fiat_Lux 09/04/12 - 09:42 am
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Absolutely correct, Dichotomy

Not only can they balance a checkbook, but they actually earn the money that sits in their checking account.

Bashing, slandering, misrepresenting and out-right lying are what happen when the truth just doesn't fit the agenda. The Fourth Estate has fallen into the lamentable role of lap dog.

TannerManor
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TannerManor 09/04/12 - 09:43 am
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Did somebody not get that

Did somebody not get that Lionel Train set when they were a child? Toot! Toot!

(Another problem the Tea Party has- it needs to focus a lot on the spending that occurred during the Bush admin.)

Huh? Rarely do I hear Republicans and Tea Partiers not include Bush when it comes to overspending. If he'd been able to run again, he would not have won re-election because of it. (And a few other things...)

The Right seems more able to recognize bad behavior in their ranks and hopes to correct it. The Left apparently can do no wrong.

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allhans 09/04/12 - 09:43 am
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We all know that the

We all know that the editorial is right. Denying it doesn't change a thing and the fact that knowing it is true won't change anything either. As long as Democrats keep preaching division, this is the conversation we will have.
Hopefully, Mitt Romney can change that way of thinking.
If you notice Romney doesn't run around pandering to women, blacks, unions, etc. He realizes that we are all Americans and should be treated as such..not some segregated group.

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Riverman1 09/04/12 - 09:52 am
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"What about March 20th 2010

"What about March 20th 2010 when the "civil" and "lawful" tea party members hurled racial slurs at African American members of Congress during the health care debate?"

I think it's been pretty well proven that didn't happen. There were boisterous complaints, but no racial remarks nor spitting as originally claimed.

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Riverman1 09/04/12 - 09:54 am
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One More Fact

The budget under the Clinton administration was due to the efforts of the Republican led Congress with Newt Gingrich in charge. Clinton fought their budget cutting measures. The Republican Congress deserves the credit.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/04/12 - 09:59 am
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toot, toot

"toot, toot".....what is that jack234? Is that the noise a Democrat makes when they try to convince you they are an Independent? Or is that the sound the Obama train makes right before it goes through the tunnel to Greece?

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 10:10 am
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Mitt Romney is not part of

Mitt Romney is not part of the Tea Party. He is a democrat. He even pushed for and received over a 1.4 billion dollars of federal money to be put into the Olympics he was in charge of. Romney is okay with federal dollars going to his projects.

The Republicans, since taking the house, have put forward more bill taking away women's rights than fixing any fiscal problems. The republicans are not Tea Party, or even listening to the Tea Party. Again- see Bachmann as an example.

"TEA Party is quite aware of the fallacy of some of the Bush policies on war spending and taxation"

And yet it is never mentioned, not anywhere on Fox News news, or the RNC, or by Mittens, Ryan- no one on the right talks about it. And the reason for it is because Romney wants to remain in the fiscal problem. Go check his plan, the math does not add up at all...

TParty
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TParty 09/04/12 - 10:17 am
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"The budget under the Clinton

"The budget under the Clinton administration was due to the efforts of the Republican led Congress with Newt Gingrich in charge. Clinton fought their budget cutting measures. The Republican Congress deserves the credit."

So what did the Republican Congress under Bush do?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 09/04/12 - 10:20 am
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TParty is right

I will not vote for Bush in 2012.

allhans
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allhans 09/04/12 - 10:26 am
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Whatever party you want

Whatever party you want ..Romney will have the same House and Senate to Deal with that Obama has - and who wants to bet Romney won't get things done.

That's what this is about, being a leader. Getting things done, no matter who you are dealing with. No bowing down or apologizing, no excuse making...As Ryan says "We can do this!"

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